Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950
HarperCollins, 2004 - 525 pages
The history of a rarely written about, bewilderingly exotic city: 500 years of clashing cultures and peoples, from the glories of Suleiman the Magnificent to its nadir under Nazi occupation. Salonica is the point where the wonders and horrors of the Orient and Europe have met over the centuries. Written with a Pepysian sense of the texture of daily life in the city through the ages, and with breathtakingly detailed historical research, Salonica will evoke the sights, smells, habits, songs and responses of a unique city and its inhabitants. The history of Salonica is one of forgotten alternatives and wrong choices, of identities assumed and discarded. For centuries Muslims, Christians, and Jews have succeeded each other in ascendancy, each people intent on erasing the presence of their predecessors, and the result is a city of cultural traditions and memories of extreme violence and genocide, one that sits on the overlapping hinterlands of both Europe and the East.
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... European and Ottoman history into nothing more than a prelude to genocide , overshadowing the many centuries when ... after his conversion to Islam , formed part of a fascinating and little - known history unparalleled in Europe .
With time , other ideas bubbled out of Europe as well – the rights of individual nations to independence , as manifested in the rise of Italy , France and Germany ; the expansion of free trade and the notion of an autonomous market ...
... 120-125 ; S.G. Green , Pictures from Bible Lands , vii 14 A. Boué , La Turquie d'Europe ( Paris , 1840 ) , ii , 307 ; Braun - Wiesbaden , 241-242 4 E. Toledano , Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman 490 · SALONICA , CITY OF GHOSTS.
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The perfect book to read on first visit to 'thessaloniki. Unfolds the many layers of this extraordinary "border town", and how the complexity got shaved away over the course of the 20th century by ... Read full review
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I learned a lot from this book, and I admire Mazower's ability to form such a complete account of Salonica. Read full review
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